Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor came to the island in the early seventies to teach at Elizabeth College and took over the role of first team cricket coach from Jack Reddish.

Not only was he successful at cricket but he also made an impression as a multi-talented sportsman playing soccer for St Martin’s and basketball for the island in 1973.

For five years at the start of the seventies the left-hander topped the order and scored heavily for the dominant Rovers side and his adopted island. More of an accumulator than a strokemaker, but so difficult to prise out.

He played five times for Guernsey from 1970 scoring 103 runs but the most outstanding game was in 1974 at FB Fields. Having dismissed Jersey for 103 he and Alan Lewis, a classic right and left-hand combination and according to John Le Poidevin, indisputably the best opening pair we have ever fielded, guided Guernsey home with 42 and 52 respectively and with 27 overs to spare. He was awarded his cap, #56 in 1970.

He was chosen by John Le Poidevin as one of the best 11 players to grace the Inter-Insular, and he is also included in Rob Batiste’s best team.

Although he only played in 5 matches his top score was 52 and he even bowled creditably one year with figures of 12-3-21-2. He left the island to take up another teaching post in the UK but he visits the island from time to time and has even been seen at recent Inter-Insular matches.